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U.S. Ambassador’s Statement on U.S.-Trinidad and Tobago Energy Security Cooperation
January 24, 2023

The United States and Trinidad and Tobago enjoy strong bilateral ties supported by extensive bilateral and regional cooperation to advance shared interests.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Prime Minister Rowley today to continue their dialogue on efforts to strengthen the energy security and climate resilience of the Caribbean. The Vice President conveyed to the Prime Minister that the Treasury Department would take action to help meet the region’s long-term energy needs.

The Vice President’s dedication and commitment to the region have elevated U.S.-Caribbean relations to unprecedented levels. She has convened 15 Caribbean leaders three times separately over the past year to drive progress on shared priorities in the region. In September 2022, Vice President Harris announced the results of three high-level committees that she established to produce near-term solutions to pressing energy security, food security, and finance challenges confronting the region.

At the Summit of the Americas in June 2022, Vice President Harris launched the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) to support the region’s long-term energy security and climate resilience priorities. The Vice President and the Prime Minister discussed PACC 2030 progress, including recent trips by the U.S. Government’s PACC 2030 Investment Facilitation Team to support a pipeline of clean energy projects in the region.

Today we reinforce the closeness, strength, and depth of our over 200 years of friendship and cooperation. Upon my arrival, I promised to work to further strengthen our countries’ unique bond, to deepen and grow our already close relationship, and to ensure that our cooperation continues to yield positive results for both of our countries. We share Trinidad and Tobago’s urgency in contributing to global energy and food security. We have listened to the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s message that it has the capacity and willingness to ameliorate economic and humanitarian crises around the region and the world.

–U.S. Ambassador Candace Bond